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The C-Class Coupe by Mercedes-Benz, due next spring in the U.S., embodies modern luxury, according to the company.
Lightweight construction to reduce weight, excellent aerodynamics, and a dynamically configured chassis, with optional air suspension, form the basis for a high level of suspension comfort, low road noise and tire vibration, agile handling, and driving pleasure, according to Mercedes-Ben. New assistance systems provide high caliber safety
As the sportiest variant of the C-Class, the Coupe demonstrates its distinct design. A sporty front section features a diamond radiator grille and long hood-the new Coupe is 2.4 inches longer than its predecessor between the firewall and front axle alone gives way to a low greenhouse whose lines flow into a bold and powerful-looking rear end incorporating the Mercedes coupe genes. A high beltline and frameless doors with free-standing exterior mirrors underscore the sporty character.
Clean lines and sensually arranged surfaces structure the side sections into vivid light and shadow effects. One particular highlight is the long, drawn-out dropping line typical of a coupe. In contrast to the C-Class Sedan, the dropping line extends further past the rear wheel arch. The suspension is a half-inch lower than that of the sedan, combined with the standard 18-inch wheels.
With a 3.1-inch longer wheelbase, the C-Class Coupe is 3.7-inches longer and 1.6 inches (40 mm) wider. The increased vehicle volume above all creates more spaciousness for the driver and front passenger. There is more shoulder room, elbow room and headroom in all seats, according to Mercedes-Benz.
The interior includes special upholstery color combinations: Saddle Brown, Porcelain and nut brown/black with turquoise topstitching (Edition 1 only).
The C-Class Coupe standard features include LED headlights, PRE-SAFE, KEYLESS START, Sport Suspension and a Panorama Sunroof. The Sport Appearance Package is available as an alternative to further underline the dynamism of the Coupe. It differs by virtue of exterior features such as special bumpers and sills featuring AMG body styling, a diamond radiator grille with pins in chrome and 18-inch AMG light-alloy wheels. Interior highlights of the Sport Package include exclusive touches such as a sports steering wheel with flattened bottom section and AMG sports pedals.
The suspension offers a high level of comfort with low road noise and tire vibration while ensuring agile driving dynamics, according to Mercedes-Benz.
A new 4-link front axle with wheel suspension decoupled from the spring strut plays a part in the agile handling characteristics. This enables sporty axle kinematics for plenty of grip and high lateral stability. As a result, the suspension responds more sensitively to steering movements and allows a sporty, agile driving style. Multi-link independent rear suspension with 5 links ensures excellent wheel location qualities and supreme straight- line stability.
A steel sport suspension with tauter springs and damping is standard, lowering the Coupe by .6 inches (15mm) compared to the Sedan.
Efficient and lively engine
The C300 Coupe comes equipped with a powerful and efficient 2.0L, four-cylinder gas engine delivering 241 hp and 273 lb-ft of torque.
A completely new multimedia generation offers intuitive operation in the new C-Class Coupe, featuring elaborate animations and visual effects which present all the functions in a clear and highly attractive manner, according to Mercedes-Benz. The new C-Class is also equipped with the Frontbass system. This acoustic system uses the space within the cross-member and side member in the body structure as a resonance chamber for the bass speakers
The navigation system presents its contents in interactive mode. Its features include an animated compass, a “Drive Show” with information for passengers similar to the on- screen presentations on board airplanes and Google Maps displayed on the head unit, according to Mercedes-Benz.